I am a nurse who cares for the mentally ill and drug-addicted people, and it's apparent to me that hurricane Katrina has emphasized ( whether it be the U.S. or Canada ) our dependence on drugs, prescribed or otherwise.
Besides those refugees of the storm in need of diabetic or epileptic medication etc., there are those without their usual sedatives or pain killers or psychotropic medications that help keep their health ( including their behaviour ) balanced. As well, addicts unable to access their usual illicit drug supply will be going through withdrawl which can produce some maniacal behavior when going "cold turkey" without support!
While the there are undoubtedly "bad seeds" who always create havoc wherever they go by taking criminal advantage of their fellow man, the vast majority of people is peaceful and law abiding. If they're off their nut right now under these dire circumstances, however, they just may be off their medication.
Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC)
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